Here is your need-to-know Hurricane Sandy post - at least when it comes to transportation here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Behind the cut there's information on subway, commuter rail, Amtrak, road closures, construction -- you name it. I will try to update this post with information as it comes in, but you should absolutely follow the local news outlets for the latest information.
Please be careful with this storm -- I know that it's hard to take it seriously when you live inland, and there has been quite a bit of hype, but it's looking like this will actually be a pretty significant situation and will leave problems for days in its path.
I'll be back later on this week. Stay safe!
- Service will be provided on all rail lines -- including subway, trolley, and commuter rail -- as long as it is safe to do so.
- Governor Patrick, in his 4 PM conference today, told residents to expect delays and disruptions in service as the peak of the storm moves through the area between noon and midnight on Monday.
- All ferry service will be suspended indefinitely, starting at the beginning of service on Monday.
- The RIDE service will also operate on a normal schedule until conditions make it unsafe to do so.
- Bus routes are expected to run on normal schedules.
To keep on track of the latest service changes, visit the MBTA's website, sign up for T-Alerts to be sent to your email or cell phone here, or follow the MBTA's official Twitter feed at @MBTAGM. You can also get up to date information at boston.com.
As of the time of this writing (5 PM Sunday), Logan Airport is still open, but already experiencing delays and cancellations. Many airlines are actually waiving fees to change your flight to a later date. Check with your carrier to see if your flight will be arriving or departing on time, or to see if it has been cancelled outright.
I find this website from the FAA to be helpful in determining just how long the airplane delays will be in and out of each airport. I've directed you to a map of the Northeast but you can choose to look at maps from around the country.
Also from Massport:
If you are sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, the ship is boarding as scheduled today,but will remain docked in port until Tuesday, October 30. Royal Caribbean continues to monitor the storm, and will provide passengers with any itinerary updates onboard the ship.
- All Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Vermonter and Downeaster service will be cancelled starting at 7 PM tonight (Sunday). No ETA as to when service will resume.
- Amtrak also says virtually all service along the East Coast will be suspended starting this evening.
- Amtrak Thruway Bus Services have also been suspended.
Amtrak suggests you seek alternate transportation to travel along the Eastern Seaboard. You can follow Northeast Corridor updates on their Twitter feed at @AmtrakNEC, on their Facebook page, or on their website.
Governor Patrick announced this afternoon that the HOV zipper lanes will not be opening on the Southeast Expressway during either rush hour tomorrow. He explained that the heavy winds will make travelling in the makeshift lanes too unsafe.
The governor also announced that construction statewide will be suspended, at least for Monday. You may still see road work set up, but lane restrictions will mostly be taken down and equipment will be secured. No ETA on when construction will begin again, but I will post construction for the downtown Boston area later on this week.
All Registry of Motor Vehicles locations will be closed on Monday.
- Governor Patrick has requested all schools and colleges to be shut down on Monday. He has also urged private businesses to close as well.
- All non-essential state employees are being asked to stay home and work from there, if possible.
- A state of emergency has been declared for the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered for any communities in Massachusetts, but south and east facing communities on the coasts are keeping a close eye on the storm surge and will order spot evacuations if need be.
- Shelters are opening at 8 PM tonight (Sunday) in Fall River, Weymouth and Newbury.
- All Massachusetts residents can call 211 from their phones to access storm information.
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